Jacaranda girls on film
AS an award-winning documentary maker, Lawrence Johnston's job is safe, but if he falls on hard times then there's a good chance Clarence River Tourism could hire him.
Mr Johnston's tribute to Grafton's Jacaranda Festival and its annual search for a queen, Once A Queen, was eagerly awaited, but with a tinge of concern.
The last portrayal of Grafton at Jacaranda time, Purple Haze, left some feeling the town was misrepresented.
But the applause that filled the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club after the premiere screening of Once A Queen on Wednesday night dis- missed any reservations the 150 attendees may have had.
Historic archival footage, emotion-charged interviews with former queens and breathtaking shots of the Jacarandas in bloom held the mirror up to the people of Grafton ? and they liked what they saw.
Don't miss the screenings tonight and Friday night at the Grafton Public School from 7.30pm.
Proceeds from ticket sales go towards the festival.